The Jakarta Post
City owned bus operator Transjakarta said it will conduct a two-day pre-trial of an electric bus later this month before starting the six-month trial phase.
The company’s director, David Joseph, said during the pre-trial, the electric buses would operate in a limited area but it would not be accessible to the public.
“The pre-trial phase will be conducted in some limited areas, not on public roads. For example, in the Monas [National Monument] area or Kemayoran,” he told kompas.com on Tuesday.
After two-day pre-trial, the bus will serve passengers on the Jl. Sudirman-Thamrin route during the trial period.
“The trial location is at Sudirman-Thamrin. However, we might also implement it at Gatot Subroto-MT Haryono or Gatot Subroto-Rasuna Said in Kuningan,” David said.
In March, Transjakarta signed a memorandum of understanding with four companies to produce environmentally friendly electric buses in Jakarta.
The companies are China’s electric automaker BYD Automobile, Indonesian bus manufacturer PT Mobil Anak Bangsa, Taiwan’s RAC Electric Vehicles, Danish engineering company Danfoss and the Bandung Institute of Technology. (das)